Ms. Cunningham holds an Honours Degree in Political Science graduating Summa Cum Laude, First-Class Standing, from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 1991. She then obtained her Doctors of Jurisprudence from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario in 1994. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1996. In 1997, Ms. Cunningham launched her law practice. She is the Senior Counsel at Cunningham Law Professional Corporation, a law firm situated in Mississauga, Ontario. She practices primarily in the areas of Family Law, Wills and Estate Administration, Employment Law, and Corporate-Commercial Law. In addition to managing a successful law firm in Canada, Ms. Cunningham is also licensed to practise law in Jamaica, West Indies.
In 2011, Ms. Cunningham completed her training in mediation and arbitration and has obtained certificates in Conflict Management: Negotiation & Mediation Levels I and II from the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies’ Certificate Program in Conflict Management, offered through the Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo, and in Arbitration from the ADR Institute of Ontario. In addition to practicing law, Ms. Cunningham is a Mediator and Director of Dispute Resolution at Global Mediation Network Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario.
Ms. Cunningham has appeared as the keynote speaker and as a panelist at many events, including at the Olive Branch of Hope Workshop – Fighting Breast Cancer (on Wills and Estate Planning); at the University of Toronto (Breaking Boundaries Conference - empowering minority students to pursue their dreams); the Annual University of Toronto High School Conference (to motivate high school students to pursue higher learning); and to at-risk youths presented by the Reachout Committee Inc. (the importance of education regardless of obstacles encountered). She has also appeared on CHRY Radio, G98.7 FM, and CHSC 1220 AM, expressing her legal opinion on current issues of the day.
Ms. Cunningham is devoted to enriching the lives of our youths and has been a volunteer and avid supporter of organizations such as the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), a teacher with the Children’s Church at Praise Cathedral Worship Centre where she is also a member, the Spelling Bee of Canada where she has mentored and coached students as they prepare for spelling competitions, and she has also officiated as a Judge at the Regional Spelling Bee Competition level.
She is a donor and supporter of such organizations as the Reachout Committee, an organization devoted to addressing the problems of youths from all cultural backgrounds; DAM, a drop-in centre for youths; the Coldest Night of the Year Walk-a-Thon to raise funds for the homeless and people living in poverty in the Peel Region; Knox Past Student’s Association (KPSA) – Toronto Chapter, dedicated to raising the levels of education for KNOX students in Jamaica and students at tertiary institutions in Toronto, and the Jamaica Visionaries Association, an organization dedicated to helping the poor and needy in Jamaica.
Through the law firm, Ms. Cunningham offers scholarships and placements of students in co-operative education programs, to articling (or law) students, paralegals, and volunteer opportunities for persons who have a genuine interest in the law regardless of gender, ethnicity, socio-economic background, and culture. Her firm promotes the inclusivity of all persons.
Ms. Cunningham is a member of good standing with the Law Society of Ontario and is a member of its Lawyer Referral Program. She is also a member of Family Mediation Canada, the Canadian Christian Business Federation, the Christian Legal Fellowship, a Director on the Board of Directors of the Peel Law Association, and a presenter at the Mandatory Information Program (MIP) at the Brampton Court House.
In 1991, the Law Society of Ontario (formerly Law Society of Upper Canada) honoured her with the Law Society Education Equity Award presented to her by His Royal Highness, Prince Charles of England and Wales, and in 2011 she received the Award of Achievement in recognition of her outstanding “Achievement in the area of Law” from the Malton Black Development Association.
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Athena McBean articled with Cunningham Law and joined the firm as an associate in 2017 upon her call to the Ontario Bar.
Athena earned her LLB from the University of Leicester in England where she was awarded the Gateley Legal Equity and Trusts Prize for achieving the best overall performance in Equity & Trusts. She obtained her Masters of Law from Osgoode Hal Law School through the Professional Development Program. She also holds a B.Sc.(Hons) in Human Biology, Psychology and French from the University of Toronto.
Areas of practice: Wills & Estates, Estate Litigation, Civil Litigation, Professional Negligence/Liability
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Lydia is an associate with Cunningham Law practicing in the areas of family law, civil litigation, wills and estates law. Lydia joined the firm in 2017. Before joining Cunningham Law she worked as a sole practitioner since her call to the Ontario Bar in 2012. Lydia obtained her Bachelors of Laws degree (LLB Hons.) from the University of the West Indies, a Legal Education Certificate from Norman Manley Law School and was called to the Jamaican Bar in 1999. Prior to migrating to Canada, she worked in private practice, as well as, for various government entities in Jamaica in the areas of civil litigation, family law, international trade law, pension law, real estate and construction law.
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